Frequently Asked Questions / Can I use a Raspberry Pi as a stream encoder?

The short answer: No, it’s just not powerful enough.

The longer answer: Maybe, but it’s not easy or a particularly good idea.


We have conducted detailed tests with the Raspberry Pi boards, however at this time we do not recommend them for use as production streaming encoders.

Unfortunately the Raspberry Pi lacks an audio input which means a USB audio interface will be required.

Audio encoding requires a reasonable amount of CPU power, which is one thing that the Raspberry Pi doesn’t have. While it is possible to tweak the linux system to maximise the amount of available CPU, audio glitches are still occasionally heard in the stream when CPU usage spikes.


We are continuing to test with the Raspberry Pi and other embedded low-cost systems in efforts to create quality stream encoders… stay tuned and check back often.

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